Foot Bunions (Hallux Abducto Valgus)

6 Oct, 2020

Foot Bunions (Hallux Abducto Valgus)

Foot Bunions (Hallux abducto valgus) deformity is commonly referred to as a bunion. It is a condition where your big toe deviates laterally (sideward) and an exostosis (bony outgrowth) forms in your big toe joint. It often starts with the big toe leaning on the second toe, and as time progresses, the lateral deviation worsens, and the exostosis becomes more prominent.


There are a few methods used by podiatrists to grade HAV deformity.

  1. The Grading of Hallux Valgus – The Manchester Scale
  2. Hallux Valgus angle
  3. Intermetatarsal angle


  • History of wearing poorly fitted footwear (e.g. high heels, flexible shoes)
  • Hereditary (e.g. certain foot types, joint laxity)
  • Other biomechanical deformities (e.g. ankle equinus)

Signs and symptoms

  • Pain or soreness in the affected joint
  • Inflammation and redness on the affected joint
  • Reduced range of motion in the affected joint
  • Footwear fitting difficulty
  • Possible numbness or burning sensation on the affected joint


How can we help?

Do you have a painful bunion that is bothering you? Podiatrists from Gen Physio can adequately diagnose and provide conservative treatments for HAV deformities. There is no need to worry about travelling to the clinics with your leg or foot pain as our Podiatrist is mobile. Please call 1300 122 884 further information.

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